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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Can You Imagine the Tremendous Impact of Praying Grandparents?

August 22, 2016
    Imagine the impact on our world if a million plus grandparents are intentionally praying for their grandchildren and their parents? I hope there are a Million Praying Grandparents in the world because our dear grandchildren are in urgent need of prayer. Grandparents have a unique position of influence to change the world. Grandparents have a Biblical mandate to spiritually influence their children and to their children after them, according to Deuteronomy 4:9b. Grandparents have a unique position of influence to change the world. Grandparents have a Biblical mandate to spiritually influence their children and to their children after them, according to Deuteronomy 4:9b. The purpose of the Million Praying Grandparents movement is to gather a million praying grandparents worldwide to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents in our fragmented and shattered world. If you grasp the urgency of our time, then I urge you to go to signup to participate with the Million Praying Grandparents. When you join the Million Praying Grandparents Movement you are declaring your commitment to pray regularly for your grandchildren. If you have already signed up we want to thank you for your participation. As a way of saying thanks for that commitment, you will receive FREE printable copy of a Million Praying Grandparents Prayer Resource to help you intentionally pray for your grandchildren using God’s Word. Now you must make a decision: For the sake of the hearts, minds and souls of your grandchildren, will you say, “YES I will join the Million Praying Grandparents movement?” Go to the Million Praying Grandparents website http://www.millionprayinggrandparents.com and follow the instructions to sign up to be a part of the Million Praying Grandparents movement? I will appreciate it if you will share my vision of gathering a Million Praying Grandparents to unite in prayer for their grandchildren with your friends. Will you encourage your friends to become a part of the Million Praying Grandparents movement to impact the next generation to know and follow Christ wholeheartedly. Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net  

How to Pray for Grandchildren going Back to School

August 18, 2016
 The school bells ring every fall for many of our grandchildren. One of my granddaughters started mid-August while the others start after Labor Day. The beginning of the school year can be a stressful experience for grandchildren with new teachers, new classmates, especially if they are going to a new school setting. They may have to adjust to new teachers, coaches, bus drivers, car pools, and other new situations. Our grandchildren are growing up and being educated in a time of global uncertainty, with peer pressures and temptations that we never experienced in our youth. We, as grandparents can help provide a hedge of protection for them, so they may be able to resist the temptations and deceptions they encounter, and experience, peace, joy, and success, as they navigate their world hostile to the truth. Pray for Protection Satan is trying to steal our children away from walking with God. Jesus says, “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” (John 10:10 NLT) However, grandparents have the opportunity to pray for their protection from Satan and his demons, covering them with the armour of God and for them to experience the fullness of the Lord in their lives. When we long for those hugs and kisses, and when we think of how much we miss our grandchildren, it is a good time to say a prayer for their physical, emotional and spiritual protection. Send a Back to School Note For the last few of years, I have sent my grandchildren in school a Back to school note telling them that we will be praying for them as they start a new school year. They may be facing frightening or uncomfortable situations, as they attend new schools, have new teachers, and make new friends. A note of encouragement from their grandparents may give them the confidence they need as they go back to school. Grandma Sets her Alarm I heard of a grandmother in Texas who sets the alarm on her cell phone each day at the time each of her grandchildren are going to school to remind her to pray for them. Pray for the Adult Influences on your Grandchildren Have you thought about praying for the many adults who influence your grandchildren? Are the adults involved in your grandchildren’s lives good role models? Adults who have influence on your grandchildren may be their other grandparents, teachers, principal, coaches, carpool or bus driver, Sunday school teacher, children’s director, pastor, youth leaders, neighbors, scout leaders, extra-curricular activity teachers, doctors, etc. Many other adult influences indirectly affect our grandchildren, such as their elected and appointed officials, (local, state and federal), TV programs, electronic games, musicians, textbook authors, media, fashion designers, etc. Ask your grandchild for their teacher’s name, if possible, meet their teacher and others involved in their lives so you know for whom you are praying. It makes praying more personable if you have an opportunity to tell them you are

How to join the Million Praying Grandparents Initiative Now

August 15, 2016
The Bible talks about the soldiers in King David’s army, the men of Issachar, it says they “understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). In todays fragmented world in which we live it is important that grandparents understand the times. Just as the men of Issachar in David’s army understood the times and knew what to do. Today as we see our world falling apart praying grandparents must see the urgency to intentionally pray for their grandchildren and their parents. For the sake of the hearts, minds and souls of your grandchildren, will you say, “Yes? I will be one of a Million Praying Grandparents worldwide”? Click on http://www.millionprayinggrandparents.com When you sign up to participate you will receive a FREE Prayer Guide of Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren.  Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpennert@christiangrandparenting.net              

Are you a Prayer Warrior for Your Family?

August 13, 2016
The Calling of a “Babushka” Guest blog written by Catherine H. Jacobs Joni Eareckson Tada tells the story of a visit she once had to Russia. While there, she befriended an old woman who cleaned the hotel lobby floors. Through an interpreter, Joni became friends with the elderly lady by praising her on her excellent care of the floor. This lady was aged, wrinkled but had rosy cheeks framed with a tightly knotted, colorful scarf. Standing in the hotel lobby with her broom in hand, she seemed out of place. Joni felt perhaps that was what attracted her to the woman. While in Russia, Joni actually met many Russian “babushkas” like her. People call these women “the praying grandmothers”. They were the rock-solid saints that Stalin aimed to eliminate. He realized that if he could get rid of these “old women”, he had an opportunity to get the Russian youth into his hands Praise God, Stalin failed! And thank the Lord for these praying grandmothers. They connected a generation lost to atheism to a new generation of people who today are asking questions about Jesus. A vital part of being a Godly grandparent is prayer. Just as these babushkas provided a spiritual wall of protection over their young, a praying grandparent can do the same today. Can you imagine what it was like for these women in the 1930’s and 40’s? They witnessed Stalin’s army marching into the center of their small villages. The soldiers would come directly into their homes where they would capture the Russian sons and grandsons. Then the soldiers physically carried off to war the men and boys. The babushkas watched their loved ones be forced out of town knowing that probably they would never see their loved ones again. What kind of prayers do you think these women uttered as they fell to their knees on behalf of their sons and grandsons? Was it a quick, fleeting prayer? Or was it a deep, daily time of crying out desperately to the Lord? There is no doubt that the days of Stalin and Hitler were terrible. But we also live in a time of fierce spiritual battle. The Bible tells us “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) Yet scripture is also clear that “the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (I John 4:4) There is an urgent need today for grandparents to “stand in the gap” and pray fervently for their children and grandchildren. The Lord has issued to us a high calling for a deep level of prayers. Yes, we are in a spiritual battle that requires spiritual weapons. Babushka-strong prayers are such a weapon. This is a challenge, not for the faint-hearted, but for passionate, intentional grandparents who are willing to get on their knees daily to intercede passionately for their

Grandparents share timely need for praying Grandparents

August 11, 2016
The Christian Grandparenting Network, Executive Director, Cavin Harper shares about why we need to make the National Grandparents Day on September 11, a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren and their parents.   For additional information click on www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net

Are You a “Grammy” Cheerleader?

August 4, 2016
Grandparents can be great encouragers or cheerleaders when their grandchildren get discouraged, lack self-confidence and low self-esteem. They often face lots of homework, activities, disappointments, challenges, and fears. Encouragement is inspiring another person with hope, courage, or confidence. It literally means ‘to give courage to’ a person, to reassure them, spur them on, support their efforts to succeed. A definition for a cheerleader is to be an uncritical enthusiastic supporter. One of the most valuable blessings that we can give our grandchildren is to be their cheerleader. Their enthusiasm and energy levels may be low, and emotional batteries may be drained if they are discouraged and don’t feel good about themselves. They tend to focus on their discouragement rather than the encouraging promises of the Lord. When my grandchildren were younger, they loved to watch the Gaither children’s video “I’m Something Special.” I especially liked the words in the song “I am a promise, a possibility, a potentiality, I can be what God wants me to be,” YouTube, “I am a Promise” (A great video for children) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC_BtDZHT0M Let’s pray our grandchildren will understand they are a promise, a possibility and a potentiality under construction. As grandparents, let’s be their cheerleaders encouraging them with positive words such as: “Keep up the great work!” “I admire your persistence.” “I know you can do it.” “You’ve put a lot of work into this, and it shows.” “I want you to overcome! I want you to succeed.” Encouragement is always a welcomed gift. Don’t forget to make National Grandparent’s Day A Day of Prayer on September 11 as your grandchildren go Back to School. By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network